During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Jananne Al-Ani became fascinated by the way contemporary news footage depersonalized war, making aerial images of missile attacks abstract and aestheticized. The London-based, Iraqi-Irish artist could see everything that was happening on the ground, except for the people who lived and worked — and died — there.
The theme of the body’s absence in Middle Eastern landscape dominates “Shadow Sites: Recent Work by Jananne Al-Ani.” Yet the exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery makes its points subtly. Al-Ani is a conceptualist, not a politician.
Read my review of the show, and check out a selection of images in the above gallery.